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Einstein’s General Relativity Theory Tested and Approved

Einstein was a very clever physicist who was determined to prove among other things that the speed of light in a vacuum was independent of the motion …

Scientists Sound the Alarm: CO2 Levels Race Past Point of No Return

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that carbon dioxide levels in 2016 broke records for the second year in a row …

Climate Change

Thousands of worlds may lurk beyond Pluto — and a stunning new animation shows the ones we've found

You may be familiar with our solar system's eight planets — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. There's also their famous dwarf-planet companion, Pluto.<p>But this icy world may just be an appetizer to what lurks in a region beyond Pluto called the Kuiper Belt.<p>As this …

Ask Ethan: If The Universe Is Expanding, Why Aren't We?

One of the biggest scientific surprises of the 20th century was the discovery that the Universe itself is expanding. Distant galaxies recede from us and from one another more quickly than the nearby ones, as though the fabric of space itself is being stretched. On the largest scales, the matter and …

Black Holes

Fuzzy pulsars orbiting black holes could unmask quantum gravity

WANT to get to the bottom of one of the biggest mysteries in science? The best way might be to catch sight of a fast-spinning stellar corpse.<p>General …

Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>DNA computers, up until now, have been theoretical but now they’re feasible, and that’s a huge step towards the next step – …

Don't miss the supermoon, meteor showers and other amazing December sky events

Whether meteors are your thing or you're lured by the bright light of the supermoon, there's a lot going on in the December sky. Here's a rundown of …

Astronomy

Mars One Delays Schedule as Venture Becomes Publicly Traded

WASHINGTON — Mars One, the project to send humans to Mars on one-way missions that has attracted public interest and professional skepticism, said …

Space Exploration

Viewpoint: Searching for Baby Planets in a Star’s Dusty Rings

Author(s): Jonathan P. WilliamsImages of gaps in the dust and gas around a young star provide the best evidence to date that these gaps host newly …

Supernovae Glow For Decades Thanks To Radioactivity

In 1987, the closest supernova was observed since humans last saw one with our naked eyes in 1604.<p>A rush of neutrinos and a flash of light illuminated the heavens as a stellar core imploded, blowing off the massive star’s outer layers.<p>While a supernova brightens, reaches a peak and fades away over …

Spinning black hole swallowing star explains superluminous event [heic1622]

12 December 2016<p><b>An extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy, and dubbed ASASSN-15lh, was thought to be the brightest</b> …

Black Holes

NASA Is Crowdsourcing Ideas for a 2025 Deep Space Mission

One of the most ambitious new space projects slated for launch within the next decade is going to be crowdsourced. Earlier this week, NASA put out an …

Space

NASA Casts Its Gaze Back To The Moon With Commercial Partnerships

For the first time since President Barack Obama canceled the Constellation space exploration program, NASA stuck its toe in the water of lunar exploration with a request for information to organizations interested in flying payloads on commercial moon missions. The idea is that, depending on …

After scrub, NASA eyes Tuesday for Pegasus launch

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA hopes to try again Tuesday morning to launch eight hurricane-monitoring satellites on a rocket dropped high over the Atlantic Ocean.<p>A problem with the system that releases Orbital ATK's Pegasus XL rocket from its carrier aircraft scrubbed Monday's attempt to launch the $157 …

Every Turtle Featured In That Harrowing "Planet Earth II" Segment Was Rescued

The @BBCEarth Twitter account reassured viewers that the baby turtles featured were all rescued with the help an organisation that saves lost hatchlings each night.

Watch the Moon Hide a Bright Star Tonight

Whenever the full moon is in the sky, many kinds of astronomical observation must be postponed. But weather permitting, a special treat is in store …

Supermoon to wash out best meteor shower of the year Tuesday night

The biggest meteor shower of the year peaks on Tuesday night, but cloudy weather and the bright supermoon will create poor viewing conditions.<p>The Geminid meteor shower, known for producing as many as 120 meteors an hour at its peak, is one of the most popular showers of the year.<p>“It’s usually one …

Antarctic site promises to open a new window on the cosmos

Antarctica might be one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, but it is a mecca for astronomers. Its cold, dry air enables observations …

Mauna Kea

Two Galaxies are Colliding and Forming a Bizarre Galactic Eye

There are only so many common shapes we see out in the cosmos: spirals, columns, and plenty of blobs. But NASA and the European Space Agency stumbled …

Universe

I Photographed The Milky Way Rising Over Finland And Greece.

Milky way pictures that I captured in Finland and Greece.<p>Galactic Tree<p>Rhodes,Greece<p>God’s creations<p>Rhodes,Greece<p>Blue night<p>Inkoo,Finland<p>Milky way …

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The Star of Bethlehem Was Probably A Rare Planetary Alignment

According to Christian lore, three Magi from the East followed a star to Jerusalem looking to find a newly born Jesus Christ. They told King Herod …

Notre Dame

How to find Geminids’ radiant point

Best way to find the Geminid radiant is to see a meteor! Then trace its path backwards. But what if you want to find the radiant before seeing a …

Echoes in gravitational waves hint at a breakdown of Einstein's theory of relativity

In February, astronomers made a monumental discovery. Almost 100 years after Albert Einstein first predicted them, researchers detected gravitational waves— ripples in space time that had radiated out from the merging of two black holes.<p>It was a striking confirmation of Einstein's general theory of …

Violent Space Collisions Might Have Created New Quasicrystal

Quasicrystals are, in some respect, ‘impossible.’ Yes, they exist, but their crystalline arrangement does not have a periodic arrangement meaning it …

Chemistry

NASA: Latest images of Saturn's mysterious hexagon jet stream snapped by Cassini spacecraft

The mission will continue till April 22 next year when the spacecraft will fly by Saturn's moon Titan closely.<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently took …

NASA News: Launch of Satellites To Help Better Forecast Hurricanes Canceled

NASA was expected to launch eight little satellites to space on board the Pegasus XL rocket, but it was forced to abort the launch, the space agency …

California's climate fight could be painful — especially on job and income growth

Californians are likely to pay more for gasoline, electricity, food and new homes — and to feel their lives jolted in myriad other ways — because their state broadly expanded its war on climate change this summer.<p>The ambitious new goals will require complex regulations on an unprecedented scale, …

Extinction-Level Superflares May Blast Earth's Nearest Exoplanet Proxima b

The recent discovery of a planet around the star closest to Earth's sun has raised hopes that life might exist around the sun's nearest neighbor, but …